Cintas Document Management, headquartered in Cincinnati, has announced that its Fremont, Calif., document management facility has been named an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star site. The VPP designation is the agency's highest recognition for the practice of, and commitment to, occupational safety and health.
Cintas says it is the first document management services provider in the country to receive the VPP Star designation. The official ceremony was held Nov. 11 at Cintas’ Fremont facility, which offers on- and off-site destruction services to the California Bay area. The company applied for VPP certification in 2007.
Pictured from left: Karen Carnahan, president and COO of the Document Management Division of Cintas Corp.; Hal Stansbury, GM of the Fremont, Calif., Cintas Document Management facility; Joe Horst, regional health and safety specialist, Western region ; Iraj Pourmehraban, VPP & PSM manager, Cal-OSHA; Dan Braun, Cintas senior vice president of safety operations ; Royce Railey, regional safety and health manager
Hal Stansbury, general manager of Cintas Document Management in Fremont, Calif., said, "Today is an achievement because this location has accomplished the toughest VPP certification in the country. Achieving this is a journey to ensure the most important thing—that each of us returns home safely to our families every day."
Stansbury says Cintas’ Fremont document destruction plant was not only the first shredding company in the country to receive the VPP standard but also only the 81st company in California to receive VPP certification.
California OSHA recognizes facilities with exceptional safety and health programs through the California Voluntary Protection Program Star (Cal/VPP Star) certification. Achieving VPP Star requires the completion of a Cal/OSHA audit that is designed to assess the dedication management and employees have for maintaining a safe and healthful workplace.
The process to become VPP certified took Cintas's Fremont location four years, Stansbury says, and required multiple audits by representatives from the California OSHA office. The final audit was performed by five auditors spending one week at the facility, ultimately interviewing every employee at the plant.
A release announcing the certification notes that the San Jose facility is constantly integrating improvements to its safety and health programs. To ensure employees and management are aware of each change, the location established a management of change process. This program keeps every member of the facility informed of changes to safety and health procedures at their location, and promotes full employee engagement in the change management process.
Cintas Corp. currently has about 85 document management (shredding, storage and/or imaging) facilities. In addition to the Fremont facility, the company says five additional Cintas Document Management facilities are pursuing VPP Star certification,
Cintas' Portland, Ore., Document Management facility was recognized by OSHA’s Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) in 2010.